The Greatest of All Time

Cesco AFL Competition 2018


    Tick one box of your choice of the Greatest in each of the following 3 questions:

    QUESTION 1: Select the GREATEST AFL PLAYER OF ALL TIME (from THE TOP TENS* & Wikipedia^)
    Gary Ablett Jnr * By far the greatest player in terms of passion, class and showing how the game should be played. Gary Ablett is an amazing and awesome player he never takes his eyes off the ball and most importantly he is not afraid to lose, I mean he used to be in one of the best ever AFL sides and then changed to the bottom team. Ablett could dominate the game in more than 1 position, make the impossible possible and the ridiculous seem normal. A genius with and without the ball, there was no one more worth watching at their best. He is the best at the basics of the gameLeigh Matthews * This man is the best voted best player of all time. Kicked 915 goals as a small forward, and voted player of the century. Won 8 premiership medallions as a coach and player for the Hawks, he's won a Coleman and 9 best and fairest. The best 'rover' in the game, later to then become the best small forward in the game. Simply ruthless on his attack on the ball, opposing players (sometimes to his detriment) and pesky point posts at 'Windy Hill'. His nickname to VFL fans was 'Lethal', but to the Hawks faithful he was always known as 'Barney' as in Barney Rubble. Brute strength is what broke the point post that day and he only received a little lump on his elbow from it. I'm glad I was there to see this happen and for it to reinforce the 'Legend that is' Leigh Matthews. Pound for pound the best player ever. For a man of his height to dominate and on top of that a burning desire to win at all costs. He was a leader in arguably the best team of the 70's and 80's - Fearless. A winner. Even after his playing days he won 4 premierships at 2 different clubs. This guy knows what it takes to win. I'm sure the players he played with and coached would say the same thing. A winner... A legend of Australian rules football. Best player ever to play the game - absolute gun.Wayne Carey * Best contested mark the game has ever seen and as good at ground level as anyone his size has ever been. Best on-field leader of the modern game. The complete package who dominated from centre half forward but could play anywhere if required. What puts him above all others though is his match-winning ability. He wasn't just great, he was great when he needed to be! Certainly the best player ever, at his best. Had all the x-factor of a Buddy Franklin, but was so much more. He was the best on-field leader I've seen, best contested mark, great at ground level as well, one of the most reliable shots on goal from any range. He was probably the strongest bloke in the league and was quick for his size... There genuinely wasn't an aspect of the game that he wasn't great at. And he was a winner. I don't think there's ever been a player with the same ability to win games for his team. For me, there has been no better player than Wayne Carey. His strength, athleticism and skills were obvious but equally important was his huge work ethic. He rarely, if ever, played a bad game and was the consummate match winner. Despite immense attention throughout his whole career, he never succumbed to injury or poor form and routinely played at a level that most players could only dream of. The King.Gary Ablett Sr. * This dude is great. Even if you don't barrack for the Cats, he is still a legend, freak or whatever you wanna call him. He is definitely in my top players list. Greatest player I have seen he has brilliant consistency. He is the best kick ever. To kick 65 metres on your right foot and 60 on your left is amazing, when some players cannot even kick 50. A kick against Hawthorn went around 80 metres. He had excellent hands and perfect judgement. His speed is astonishing he could not be beaten. Ablett could have the whole back line on him and still kick goals. 9 goals against Richmond at half time from the wing is incredible. He had the best season of any footballer in 1993. He is the best footballer by a country mile. He once kicked 18 goals - he took the best mark and is tough. He is a great man! Too Good.Chris Judd * Judd's contested football, ability to get the ball away to a teammate when he has 3 players hanging off him and his ability to turn a game is second to none. Then he starting to kick goals. Magnificent! Chris Judd is blessed with bucket loads of talent and has one of the best centre clearances in the AFL and already wrapped up 2 Brownlows - how good is that! CHRIS JUDD is unmatched as a player, Dual Brownlow medalist and a real ball getter. He has been the best player in his era and one of the most outstanding players VFL/AFL has ever seen. He's an outright legend!Ted Whitten ^ Ted Whitten was an Australian rules footballer who represented Footscray in the Victorian Football League (VFL), and Victoria in interstate football. Recognised as one of the game's all-time greatest players, he was one of twelve inaugural 'Legends' inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame, and in 1996, was voted captain and centre half-back in the AFL's Team of the Century. Nicknamed 'Mr. Football', Whitten was a folk hero in Melbourne's working class western suburbs, admired not only for his footballing abilities, but his showmanship and larrikin streak. He played in Footscray's first VFL/AFL premiership in 1954, and ended his senior career in 1970 having played 321 games, a VFL/AFL record that remained unbroken for four years. Apart from club-level football, Whitten was a significant exponent and promoter of State of Origin, representing his state in 29 matches. Western Oval, the Footscray Football Club's home ground, was renamed Whitten Oval in his honour.Tony Lockett ^ Tony Lockett was a champion Australian rules football player. Nicknamed 'Plugger', Lockett is the highest goalscorer in the history of the VFL/AFL with 1,360 goals in a career of 281 games, starting in 1983 with the St Kilda Football Club and ending in 2002 with the Sydney Swans. Lockett won the Brownlow Medal in 1987, becoming the first and only full forward to ever win the award. He is a four-time Coleman Medallist, kicked more than 100 goals in a season on six occasions (an AFL record) and is a member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame. In 1999, Lockett broke the all-time goals record when he kicked his 1300th goal, surpassing Gordon Coventry's record of 1299 which had stood for 62 years. Lockett's new record remains unbeaten. At 191 cm tall and weighing 118 kg, Lockett was a unique footballer. His aggression, strong hands, acceleration, high leap and accurate kicking made him a formidable player.Michael Voss ^ Michael Voss is a Brisbane Lions triple premiership captain, Brownlow Medallist and the former senior coach of the Brisbane Lions Australian Football League. During his AFL playing career, in which he played entirely for the Brisbane Bears and then the Brisbane Lions (a merger of the Brisbane Bears with a Melbourne-based club, the Fitzroy Football Club also known as the Lions), Voss was recognised as one of the greats of league and club and is listed by journalist Mike Sheahan as one of the top 50 players of all time. He won the league's most prestigious individual award, the Brownlow Medal, and was recognised as one of the best players and captains in the league between 2002 and 2003 through six time All-Australian selection including the captaincy and the winner of the Leigh Matthews Trophy for the league's most valued player. He captained the Brisbane Lions in four consecutive AFL Grand Finals with three straight premierships (2001–2003). Additionally, he represented Australia in the 2006 International Rules Series and the state of Queensland in State of Origin. As a player, he was noted for his fearless play, inspirational leadership and the ability to turn a game. Voss has been inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.Robert Harvey ^ Played for the St Kilda Football Club in the AFL. Harvey was recognized as one of the top 50 players of all time in The Australian Game of Football, a book commissioned by the AFL in 2008 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Australian rules football. The list was compiled by Herald Sun journalist Mike Sheahan. Harvey was known for his running ability and considered one of the best short passes of 15 to 30 meters in the history of the game. He holds St. Kilda's record for most career games. At his retirement, at the end of the 2008 AFL season, he had played the third-highest total career games in league history with 383 games. Harvey won numerous individual awards and medals during his playing career. He won consecutive Brownlow Medals, the league's highest individual honor, in 1997 and 1998. He won St Kilda's best and fairest award – now called the Trevor Barker Award – in 1992, 1994, 1997 and 1998. He was selected in the All-Australian team eight times, with his first All-Australian award being in 1992 and his last in 2003. He won three E. J. Whitten Medals, awarded to the player judged best player on the ground for Victoria in State of Origin matches; the 1997 AFL Players Association Most Valuable Player Award (now known as the Leigh Matthews Trophy); and the Michael Tuck Medal for player judged best on ground in the 2004 pre-season cup final. In 2012 he was inducted in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.Mark Ruschito ^ Mark Ricciuto played for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). From Waikerie, South Australia, Ricciuto started as a junior with the local Waikerie Magpies Football Club, it was here where those natural skills, hunger for the game, and instilled work ethic – which ultimately took him all the way to the top – first came to light, following on Mark joined the West Adelaide Football Club in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), making his debut at the age of 16, before being recruited by Adelaide as a zone selection prior to the 1993 season. Playing as a midfielder, he established himself in Adelaide's side, receiving a nomination for the AFL Rising Star in 1993, his debut season, and being named in the All-Australian team the following season, the first of eight selections overall. Having played in Adelaide's premiership side in 1998, also winning the Malcolm Blight Medal as the club's best and fairest, Ricciuto replaced Mark Bickley as the club's captain prior to the 2001 season. Consistently considered one of the best midfielders in the competition during the early 2000s (decade), Ricciuto shared the 2003 Brownlow Medal with Nathan Buckley and Adam Goodes, and was selected in the All-Australian team for four consecutive seasons between 2002 and 2005, captaining the side in both 2004 and 2005. Having played more of a forward role in his last two seasons, Ricciuto retired at the end of the 2007 season, having played a total of 312 games for Adelaide, kicking 292 goals. Also representing South Australia in interstate football and Australia in the International Rules Series, Ricciuto was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2011, and the South Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
    QUESTION 2: Select the Best Team in AFL history from the last 5 Decades (from AFL website by Mike Sheahan – 28/7/15~ )
    ~ 1960s – B: J. James (Carl), V. Howell (StK), J. Schultz (Foots) HB: B. Davis (Ess/NM), K. Murray (Fitz), D. Marshall (Geel) C: J. Clarke (Ess), I. Stewart (StK/Rich), A. Lord (Geel) HF: D. Baldock (StK), T. Whitten (Foots), G. Arthur (Haw) F: G. Farmer (Geel), D. Wade (Geel), B. Goggin (Geel) Foll: J. Nicholls (Carl), R. Barassi (Melb/Carl), R. Skilton (Sth Melb) Int: K. Bartlett (Rich), K. Fraser (Ess), S. Silvagni snr (Carl), H. Mann (Melb) Coach: J. Coleman Captain: R. Barassi~ 1970s - B: J. Rantall (SM/NM/Fitz), D. Dench (NM), G. Southby (Carl) HB: B. Doull (Carl), P. Knights (Haw), F. Bourke (Rich) C: W. Schimmelbusch (NM), P. Bedford (SM/Carl), K. Greig (NM) HF: M. Blight (NM), R. Hart (Rich), A. Jesaulenko (Carl/StK) F: K. Bartlett (Rich), P. Hudson (Haw), P. McKenna (Coll/Carl) Foll: L. Thompson (Coll/SM/Fitz), L. Matthews (Haw), B. Cable (NM) Int: G. Wilson (Fitz), G. Dempsey (Foots/NM), W. Richardson (Coll), M. Tuck (Haw) Coach: R. Barassi Captain: W. Schimmelbusch~ 1980s – B: G. Ayres (Haw), C. Langford (Haw), C. Mew (Haw) HB: P. Roos (Fitz/Syd), R. Glendinning (NM/WC), K. Hunter (Carl) C: D. Hawkins (Foots/Fitz), G. Williams (Geel/Syd/Carl), R. Flower (Melb) HF: T. Watson (Ess), D. Brereton (Haw/Syd/Coll), B. Quinlan (Foots/Fitz) F: G. Ablett snr (Haw/Geel), J. Dunstall (Haw), L. Matthews (Haw) Foll: S. Madden (Ess), G. Healy (Melb/Syd), D. Weightman (Rich) Int: T. Daniher (SM/Ess), P. Daicos (Coll), G. Raines (Rich/Coll/Ess/BB), J. Platten (Haw) Coach: A. Jeans Captain: L. Matthews~ 1990s - B: G. Wanganeen (Ess/PA), S. Silvagni (Carl), B. Hart (Adel) HB: G. McKenna (WC), G. Jakovich (WC), A. McLeod (Adel) C: P. Matera (WC), G. Williams (Geel/Syd/Carl), C. Bradley (Carl) HF: D. Jarman (Haw/Adel), W. Carey (NM/Adel), J. Hird (Ess) F: G. Ablett snr (Haw/Geel), T. Lockett (StK/Syd), G. Hocking (Geel) Foll: S. Rehn (Adel/Haw), P. Kelly (Syd), R. Harvey (StK) Int: S. Kernahan (Carl), G. Brown (Coll), P. Salmon (Ess/Haw), C. Grant (Foots/WB) Coach: D. Pagan Captain: W. Carey~ 2000s - B: C. Johnson (Fitz/BL), M. Scarlett (Geel), D. Fletcher (Ess) HB: L. Hodge (Haw), J. Leppitsch (BL), N. Lappin (BL) C: N. Buckley (BB/Coll), M. Voss (BL), S. Black (BL) HF: N. Riewoldt (StK), J. Brown (BL), B. Harvey (NM) F: J. Akermanis (BL/WB), M. Lloyd (Ess), B. Johnson (WB) Foll: D. Cox (WC), C. Judd (WC/Carl), G. Ablett jnr (Geel/GC) Int: M. Pavlich (Fre), M. Ricciuto (Adel), S. Crawford (Haw), W. Tredrea (PA) Coach: L. Matthews Captain: M. Voss
    QUESTION 3: Select the GREATEST AFL GRAND FINAL OF ALL TIME (Selections from a post from EddyJ, on The Roar, 26 Sep 2016 # )
    1. # 2012 – Sydney 14.7 d Hawthorn 11.15 As Dennis Cometti called it, 'this is a grand final from the top shelf'. This was the best grand final of the AFL era, pitting the two best teams of the year. The game had high skill throughout, and remarkable fluctuations. Hawthorn were favoured to win, and got out to a 20-point lead at quarter time, with the siren going just before they scored another goal, which would have punished the Swans even further. Sydney flicked a switch in the second term, scoring six goals and restricting Hawthorn to one solitary point. A further two goals from Sydney blew the margin out to 27 points, before Hawthorn launched a massive assault and hit the lead 15 minutes later. Sydney wrested the lead due a silly 50-minute penalty, and led by a one-point margin at three-quarter time. In the final term, Hawthorn got out to a 12-point lead, with some glaringly inaccuracy costing them dearly. Sydney scored the final four goals of the game, with the result sealed by a classic snap at goal by Nick Malceski in the final minute.2. # 2002 – Brisbane 10.15 d Collingwood 9.12 This was a high-pressure game from beginning to end, and a brilliant exhibition of wet-weather football. Collingwood were not expected to get close to Brisbane, and severe weather, include rain, wind, sleet and hail was predicted. Although the sleet and hail stayed away, both teams adjusted perfectly for the weather, and it was goal for goal, point for point, for most of the game. Brilliant tackling and execution under pressure, even handballs were smothered and it was a tense game throughout. The margin fluctuated between three, four and five points either way for the entire game, until Jason Akermanis scored a goal in the final minutes, giving Brisbane a nine-point lead – the final score and the biggest lead of the match.3. # 2006 – West Coast 12.13 d Sydney 12.12 This match had everything. An early blow out, where West Coast led by 25 points at half-time, which could have easily been greater, then a stirring comeback where Sydney scrapped their way back into the contest, to get within 11 points at three-quarter time. Adam Goodes scored a goal within 11 seconds of the final quarter, and it was goal for goal for the rest of the game. Although Sydney never hit the lead during in the final quarter, the lead fluctuated between seven points and one point, with Sydney’s final goal with four minutes to play being the final score. What followed was frantic end-to-end football, with each Sydney foray into attack repelled by desperate West Coast defenders. The match ended with a boundary thrown-in at Sydney’s forward 50-mark.4. 2010 – Collingwood 9.14 drew St Kilda 10.8 This was an incredible game, and the last ever drawn AFL grand final, due to new extra-time rules. A comeback by St Kilda after being 24 points down at half-time, and eight points down at three-quarter time, they actually hit the lead after a strong pack mark and goal by Brendan Goddard, and it seemed that St Kilda had the momentum to finish off the job. Collingwood fought back hard, and an awkward bounce for Stephen Milne meant the ball went through for a behind, levelling the scores in the final minute. We’ll never have that dull feeling of anti-climax in a grand final ever again.5. # 2009 – Geelong 12.8 d St Kilda 9.14 A wet-weather classic, with St Kilda outscoring Geelong in the first three quarters, only for Geelong to be the first team since 1984 to recover from a three-quarter deficit to win the game. The game pitted the two heavyweights of the season, their only meeting during the season was a high-class game won by St Kilda by six points. A strong final quarter by Paul Chapman and a few toe pokes by Matthew Scarlett pushed Geelong over the line.6. # 2005 – Sydney 8.10 d West Coast 7.12 A drought-ending result, a close game, near misses, and a top defensive mark to end the match. This was like watching a game of high-powered chess, with moves and counter-moves, ebbs and flows, lead-changes, and high drama. Sydney got out to a 20-point lead at half-time, only for that to drop off to a two-point lead at three-quarter time. West Coast scored the first two goals of the final quarter to lead by 10 points, Sydney clawed back the lead and hung on in the final seconds, with Leo Barry's famous mark saving the match.7. # 2008 – Hawthorn 18.7 d Geelong 11.23 A game pitting a new aspiring coach and his 'clusters' against a reining premier. Alastair Clarkson outwitted Geelong's Mark Thompson, and woeful kicking by Geelong and a brilliant third quarter led by Stuart Dew, Sam Mitchell and Cyril Rioli, set up an unexpected victory for Hawthorn. This was the first all-Victorian grand final for eight years, and although Geelong had nine extra scoring shots, they lost by 26 points.8. # 2011 – Geelong 18.11 d Collingwood 12.9 For three quarters, this was one of the greatest grand finals. Ebbs and flows, fast-paced, excellent goals and a close tussle between the two heavyweights of the season. Collingwood carried a few injuries into the game, which they should never have allowed, and a classy Geelong team ran over the top of them in the final 15 minutes of the game. Mick Malthouse's coached his last game for Collingwood.9. # 1992 – West Coast 16.17 d Geelong 12.11 The 1992, 1997 and 2001 grand finals were very similar – on each occasion, an interstate team winning their first Premiership, against a Victorian team, behind at half-time (12, 13 and 14 points), and launching a grand comeback in the third quarter before recording comfortable wins (28, 31 and 26 points). In this game, West Coast started poorly but after a goal near the half-time siren, was only 12 points down. The famous 'like a cork in the ocean' goal by Peter Wilson and a brilliant third-quarter by Peter Matera set up a stirring final quarter, and West Coast claimed the first AFL Premiership to leave Victoria.10. # 2001 – Brisbane 15.18 d Essendon 12.10 'If it can bleed, we can kill it'. Brisbane coach Leigh Matthews used these words from Predator in the Round 10 game against Essendon, but the words resonated in the Grand Final. Down at half-time, Brisbane turned the game around against a great Essendon team that spent most of the season reigning in big leads against opponents, and tired in the final half of the game.

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